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How to be a Successful Music Producer
Music in this generation has been deprived. This has been said because in the time this generation lives in; music has lost its meaning and the real sound of soul. Through long research these facts can be found that proves so and can also teach, the new generation about the history of music. One important thing these books, websites and many other sources teach is that music is more then just a sound; it is more then just notes. “To some, music is a way of life”- Sound of Soul, music is all they know. To them, music is how they express their feelings and thoughts.

During this research, it shows a lot has changed. Even before the 1930s. To record one song multiple characters were needed, like, an A&R manager, professional song writer, different agents, and staff engineers, but since Hip-Hop, Rap, Rock and other genres have become popular, the record producer has the option to either do everything himself or hire a staff to work with on the things he is not really good with. (The History of Music) Now days when a song is playing over a radio station the first thing a person would automatically ask is, who is the artist singing or rapping? Instead of thinking of things like, who is the record producer or what record company the album or song was made by? Because really they are the ones putting their sweat and blood into the songs, as time went on record producing become more and more popular. Record producing is now so popular that a record producer can make over a million dollars from just one record or song. Of course record producing is no joke, it is just like another job, they have to be good at it, they have to work hard and make sure everything they present to the public is to perfection. Most record producers know how to play some type of instrument but it is not necessary to know how to play one. Some of the things a record producer do need to know are how to read music, how to read and operate a base board, the differences in microphones, the different techniques to cover a microphone to give the song the sound or voice that the record producer is looking for. And also a record producer need to be people friendly because they are going to be going out recruiting new talent for the label they are working for, or just for their first album or song and man other things. These things are all important because, these are very essential to the song. Different genres of music need different equipments, and that is something record producers most know. (Garland, pg.20-37) One famous producer in the music industry that fits this profile very well is Kanye West. Kanye West style brings a whole different genre to music itself. His music inspires the sound that most up coming producers look for to put in their projects. Most producers or artists will make an album with five tracks or songs on them. Such an album like this is known as a sample album. With five or less songs on them, they would contain both full songs with words and others are just instrumentals, or songs without words. Kanye West has exceptional production skills. He has work with famous rapper such as; Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Pharrel, and many more. Every album he has produced for himself or has worked on, basically any song he has created, he has done them all from scratch, attacking every project with background research. He does his research by buying old plaques and albums, and he listens to all of them to get ideas. That is how his songs are created. He also recruits and handpicks who he wants on the album or song before hand. He is the perfect example of how hard it is to make it in the production industry. Because he made it big by not producing songs only but also by rapping on his own instrumentals that he has created. He created an album and put it on the market and that made him famous, now he has gone back to the producing phase and still makes billions every year. He shows how much work and dedication is...
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